Research projects

Be part of our world-leading chemical, materials and biological research and help tackle some of the most pressing issues of our time. Explore our available PhD projects and pursue your passion.


Innovative research

We have a wide-range of exciting and transformative projects available in the School of Chemical, Materials and Biological Engineering. We are exceptionally proud of the innovative research that happens every day in the school, and we hope that you can join us in helping to solve real-world challenges through research.

Study a research degree with us and you'll become part of a welcoming community, benefitting from the knowledge and experience of leading academics in their field of research. 

In the 2022 Research Excellence Framework (REF2022) 92 per cent of research and its real-world impact at the University of Sheffield has been rated as world-leading or internationally excellent.

Many of our academics are leaders in their fields of research and are much in demand for research collaborations. Our case studies showcase some of the groundbreaking research taking place in our school.

Research case studies

What is a PhD?

A PhD is the opportunity to delve into innovative research as part of the School of Chemical, Materials and Biological Engineering.

PhDs are designed to enhance your analytical skills and further your lab experience. You’ll also have the opportunity to teach, giving you valuable experience in disseminating information and boosting your communication skills.

To start a PhD, you should have a minimum of an upper second class honours degree in a relevant degree. You don’t need to have completed this degree at The University of Sheffield, though we encourage our current students to strongly consider furthering their studies with us!

Current projects

Please note the current projects shown are not a complete list, with supervisors more than happy to consider candidates for topics of their own choosing. If this is of interest, prior to applying, contact the appropriate supervisor on the list of research expertise to discuss your research topic.

Centres for Doctoral Training (CDT)

Our centres for doctoral training offer four-year, cohort-based training and research opportunities, focused on major engineering challenges.

CDT opportunities

Find a PhD

Search for PhD opportunities at Sheffield and be part of our world-leading research.